Protea. Rare Hand Colored Engravings by Henry Andrews, c.1820
Protea Engravings by Henry Andrews. Old Botanical Prints published almost as an encyclopedia, go to, of botany, illustrated with these magnificent hand colored engravings. These old flower prints were produced in the early 19th Century. These are c.1820 English water colored copper plate engravings on hand made rag. Each old print measures @ 8 1/4 x 11″ They are in bright colors and are in very good condition. $150. each. Click here to contact us. or call Anne at 413-245-4197.
An incredible laborious endeavor to publish these Antique Prints of Protea:
A n incredible laborious endeavor of all those involved in producing something like these antique flower engravings of Protea by Henry Andrews. First one had to find and identify each of the species known at the time, to produce a reliable and comprehensive book complete with fine illustrations depicting ALL the species of Protea know by the time of publication. Second, the illustrations had to be meticulously drawn, with the best accuracy. The image would be transferred onto a copper plate and engraved with engarver’s tools called burins. The paper was hard to acquire, it had to be made by a paper maker, a lifetime career, and the engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes or prints printed. Then there was the illumination of color, applied by water color. The water colorists, frequently young women due to their excellent eyesight, would die at young ages, due to licking the tips of their toxic paint brushes. Yet these old prints still exist in super fine condition and exemplary condition. That is mostly due to the quality of the rag paper. Paper was made of rag right up through the turn of the 20th Century. Coming from linen, flax, etc, NOT TREES, there was no acid in the paper. Very expensive to acquire, inconsistent, etc. TODAY Paper is made from trees, and was during the 20th Century, is highly acidic and does not last for long.